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Google Assistant to become translator

Google's voice assistant will soon become a translator.

The company are trialling a new feature which come with 27 different language options to aid in communicating in a foreign language when abroad or even for learning.

Behshad Behzadi, an engineer at Google's Zurich office, who has been working on the device's forthcoming feature, said: "It can help a lot for scenarios when you're traveling and you might have a question in a language you don't speak.

"There's also an interesting use case for learning. I tried it with my nephew for teaching a new language."

Last year, the assistant added a positive news on demand feature called 'Tell me something good' - both on your phone or with Google Home - which provides summaries of recent positive tales.

Rather than just random acts of kindness, the development - which is only available in the US for now - focuses on stories about people having a positive impact and making progress for the world.

The news comes from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organisation which pulls together positive stories from a variety of sources and outlets.

The company's co-founder Courtney Martin gushed over the news, and promised it wouldn't just be "reductive" stories.

She tweeted: "So proud of @soljourno crew for this: Just tell your Google Home/Assistant, "tell me something good," & it will draw from our archive of vetted stories on responses to social problems.

"And don't worry -- "good" doesn't mean reductive. You'll feel legit smarter about social change. (sic)"

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